2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Road Test Review

29 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Road Test Review

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Price: $44,990 on-road costs)

Engine: 4.0 petrol V6

Outputs: 200kW/380Nm

5-speed automatic

Official efficiency: 11.4 l/100km

You hardly accuse it of conventional looks – Toyota#39;s new FJ No, rugged maybe, and stylised, youthful. certainly.

It is something of a from conservative Toyota, and not for its retro-inspired styling. Both on and off it, the FJ Cruiser is better than we

Quality: The fit and finish inside, and the of tactile surfaces and materials is Toyota. That means hard-wearing, and designed with in mind. Floor mats are for easy cleaning. you can hose it

There are painted inserts in the panels and a painted centre a bit like the original FJ40, and a dash that looks ok (in a kind of way).

The glove box however, instead of in the sensible spot – the area in front of the passenger is nearly inaccessible, and drops the shins if you have to open it.

Seating and driving comfort is the fabric is #39;water repellent#39; and (so that it #39;breathes#39;) and the front are well shaped.

Rear are higher, theatre style, a better view of the road for kids in the back. They#39;ll it, the rear seats tuck in the thick C-pillar. Leg and headroom is but it#39;s like sitting in a looking out.

A good is grab-handles on the backs of the front The rear-mounted rear doors out at right angles to provide access to the rear, even for (but you might struggle to get 80-year-old Gran in there).

Equipment: Standard equipment rear fog-lamps, privacy rear parking sensors, control, air-conditioning, steering-mounted controls, a multi-information display, locking, eight-speaker audio CD stacker, USB, iPod, and aux connectivity – nothing there.

Storage: Back laid flat, and it’s a in there; enough room for a bike and a lot of camp clobber. up: still wide, deep and it can swallow 990 litres of family Towing capacity is 2200kg

Driveability: On road and off, the FJ drives exceptionally well.

it#39;s a Prado in a shorter, skin. It sits on bigger rims, and doesn#39;t have all the electronic aids of the Prado, but it the platform, suspension, 200kW V6 and well-tested (and very five-speed auto with low transfer case.

A downside is the fuel consumption: an of 11.4 l/100k (95 octane will have city at the bowser more often they’d like – and is no diesel in prospect.

Refinement: bigger wheels, combined Australian re-engineered compliant give the FJ a very comfortable and feel on road; and, it simply swallows heavy

On tarmac the ride is supple, and roar – even on surfaces – is barely Wind noise is a different there is quite a bit of it around the screen, thick A-pillars and wipers.

Suspension: Down is a very well-sorted all-coil with high-mounted double-wishbones up and a five-link system at the rear. long travel and good articulation, it puts the FJ Cruiser at the top of its for versatility.

Off-road: Two days through the Rangers in SA gave us a good at the FJ Cruiser’s off-road credentials. mixed trails with deep dry-bed crossings and loose and deeply-rutted grades, the FJ light work of it.

Its low range case, rear diff-lock and off-road traction control, (which diverts drive to with traction), give it capability in the rough.

Approach and angles are among the best in 36-degree approach, 31-degree and 29-degree ramp-over. Combined a high stance, tight circle, good wheel and robust underbody protection, the FJ can get in and out of some very marginal situations without bashing the about.

Torque and engine-braking the 4.0-litre V6 is strong and well-harnessed by the five-speed box. And the body is we hit a washout at speed and couldn’t a creak out of it. The only debit was occasional #39;rack rattle#39; on corrugations.

ANCAP: (Not yet tested)

Features: There are six airbags, front-seat head restraints, stability control, switchable traction control (A-Trac), brakes with brake and electronic brakeforce distribution, front-seat head restraints and camera with a mirror-mounted


Warranty: The period for all new Toyota vehicles is 3 or 100,000 kilometres, whichever first.

Servicing Costs: intervals are set for every 10,000km/6 with the first six logbook capped at $210.

Jeep Unlimited Rubicon 3.8i – Retro charm and off road. What’s more, a diesel option; but it’s than the FJ and not as well kitted. Wrangler reviews )

Mitsubishi LS Wagon 2.5DT ($49,390) Diesel, very capable comfortable and well-finished. But lacking and let down by drab styling. Challenger reviews )

Note: prices are Manufacturer#39;s Price and do not include dealer-delivery or costs.


has hatched a very good one its new FJ Cruiser. This is one competent and car.

Four-by-four of the year? the most interesting release of the twelve months. It’s a there is no diesel.

While the V6 is a very good one, 11.4 l/100k average likely be hard to duplicate in the world – especially on urban roads.

If the $45k-plus isn#39;t too much of a hurdle, is a car we#39;d recommend in a flash. one for the top of the list.

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